currently work in financial industry, and i am thinking about switch to nursing , I havea (non science related)degree already and have taken 1 year A&P, 1 year Chem, psych, (all A's, except for 1 A-) should have any necessary math and social science/humanity courses from previous degree (taken within 8 years ago). i have no health care related experience though.
however i have also taken a step back to reevaluate . i hear from ppl that it is a tough job market in NYC b/c there is a glut of new nursing grads in NYC, due to everyone and ther mother wanting to go to nursing school, the closing of several city hospitals, and out of state nurses wanting jobs here?. is this true? would i be better to go to school elsewhere? or go to school here but look for job out of state? if i graduate from a nursing program in NYC but decide to go out of state for a job, does that mean multiple licensing exams (or is it a national standardized license) to work in different states?
I also hear its difficult for new grads to get hired with no experience? is this because of the oversupply of grads or is this a general hiring process? how are you expected to get direct patient care exp if you are going to nursing school? do nursing programs place you in hospitals during the school year? i know its probably better to do some volunteer work but i already work 60 hours a week, so if i do i need to find a hospital that has no weekly minimum required hours. i could maybe do an hour or two after work a few times a week. i would skip the volunteer work, if i will gain that experience during the nursing program.